Inefficiencies & costs

the costs and benefits of wind turbines

Credit:     Brian Wilson     Scotsman     (12/09/12)

 

Jim Sillars’ criticism of the SNP Government as authoritarian, highlights a central problem in Scottish politics, writes Brian Wilson

 

The pronouncement by Jim Sillars that the SNP runs as an authoritarian organisation with rigid central control reminiscent of the Communist Party should scarcely come as a surprise. Indeed, many within the organisation will regard it as a compliment.

 

According to Sillars, the SNP are a dumbed-down bunch of yes-people who take their orders from the ruling triumvirate of Salmond, Sturgeon and Swinney. He attributes the fact there has been no Holyrood issue on which dissent has surfaced in the past five years to the ruthlessness of the regime rather than to contented acquiescence. And he is surely right.

 

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SOLWAY OFFSHORE WIND FARM PLANS  

 

Scottish Government Consultation

 

 

Friday 7th September

 

McMillan Hall, Dash Square, Newton Stewart

 

Public Exhibition (drop in) 1 – 6pm

 

Public discussion 7 – 9pm

 

ALL WELCOME

 

Anyone interested in going please contact tw312@stringbag.net asap and we may be able to arrange a lift share

Credit:     Michael Blackley,     Scottish Political Reporter,    Scottish Daily Mail     (03/09/12)

 

The number of wind farms in Scotland is set to more than treble as developers look to take advantage of the SNP’s ‘obsession’ with turbines.

 

Figures show that the total number of wind farms operating in Scotland will rise from 131 at present to 435 if all those currently planned go ahead, while the number of turbines will increase to nearly 5,000.

 

SNP ministers believe that onshore wind can help Scotland achieve ambitious green energy targets, despite widespread fears in communities across Scotland about the impact that it will have on the countryside.

 

There are almost double the number of wind turbines in Scotland than in the rest of the UK put together.

 

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Great article by James Delingpole (21/08/12)

 

"I'm talking, of course, about the wind farm menace.

It divides once-happy communities; it blights cherished views; it wipes between 25 per cent and 50 per cent off property values; it causes insomnia, depression, palpitations, anxiety, sickness of all kinds; it enriches the cynical, greedy few at the expense of the many; it drives up energy prices; it kills birdlife and bats; it destroys jobs (creating only fake, taxpayer-subsidised ones), it does nothing whatsoever to benefit the environment, let alone arrest "climate change."

 

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Credit:     Christopher Booker     The Telegraph     (11/08/12)

 

Britain would have to build 10 turbines a day every day for eight years to meet its EU renewables target

 

 

Everything about this is delusional. There is no way we could hope to build more than a fraction of the 30,000 turbines required. As the windless days last week showed, we would have to build dozens of gas-fired power stations just to provide back-up for all the times when the wind is not blowing at the right speed. But, as more and more informed observers have been pointing out, the ministers and officials of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) seem to live in a bubble of unreality, without any practical grasp of how electricity is made, impervious to rational argument and driven by an obsession that can only end in our computer-dependent economy grinding to a halt.

 

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Credit:     Victoria Allen     Scottish Daily Mail     (23/07/12)

 

Scotland is set to become a magnet for wind farm developers, after Alex Salmond yesterday promised to protect their multimillion-pound subsidies from large-scale cuts.

 

It is feared a flood of applications will leave planners north of the Border struggling to cope.

 

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: ‘The SNP has to realise that its obsession with wind farms is not shared by the majority of Scottish people.

 

‘There are already far too many applications for wind farms and one thing people and councils do not want to see is an SNP-fuelled surge in such developments.’

 

Linda Holt of Communities Against Turbines Scotland said: ‘Alex Salmond doesn’t just want to see the feeding frenzy for wind developers in Scotland continue, he wants to offer bigger bait than his neighbour so the feeding frenzy becomes even fiercer.

 

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Credit:     Gerri Peev     Mail Online     (22/07/12)

 

FINALLY – ITS OFFICIAL!

 

 

Wind farms do hit property prices – something anyone with an ounce of common sense would know but at least it is official now.  It will be interesting to see the "spin" developers will put on this!

 

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Credit:     James Gillespie     The Sunday Times     (15/07/12)

 

Something we learnt early on!

 

"Wind farm developers have been accused of deceiving local councils and the public by using computer-generated images in planning applications that make the turbines seem smaller than they are in reality."

 

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Credit:     Stuart Gillespie     The Galloway News    (05/07/12)

 

Windfarm number 12 is in the pipeline for the Glenkens.

 

Fife-based Burcote Wind has revealed it is aiming to build 36 turbines at Longburn between Carsphairn and Moniaive in a £130 million scheme.

 

If the proposal and the other 11 developments currently being worked on are given the go ahead it would take the number of Glenkens turbines to well over 300.

 

The plans have come under fire from local pressure group Turbine Watch 312 (TW312).

 

The organisation’s Keith Mycock said: “It is a matter of great concern that more and more windfarm developments are being announced almost weekly.

 

“There are more than 1,000 large turbines already proposed for Dumfries and Galloway, which will make it one of the regions with the highest number of turbines in the UK.

 

 

 

Credit:     Roger Harrabin     BBC Environmental Analyst     (05/07/12)

 

Wind power firms warn they may take the government to court if they get caught in a political row over subsidies.

 

After conducting technical studies, the energy department proposed a subsidy cut of 10% for power from onshore wind.

 

But the chancellor is under pressure from back-benchers to scrap subsidies, and is said to favour a 25% cut.

 

The industry body, Renewable UK, says it may take legal action if the government makes a decision that overrides its own technical evidence.

 

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Credit:    Andrew Gilligan,     The Telegraph,     (23/06/12)

 

Hundreds of miles of giant electricity pylon lines are planned to be driven through some of Britain’s finest landscape — including at least two national parks — to serve the growing wind farm industry.

 

Documents published online by the Government and National Grid show plans for 160ft pylons cutting across Snowdonia, mid-Wales, the Lake District and other unspoilt countryside. Each pylon will be the height of a 15-storey tower block.

 

National Grid, which controls most of the British electricity transmission network, insisted that the plans in the documents did not “prejudge future decisions about what projects to develop.”

However, Duncan Burt, its head of customer services, said that the company had signed contracts to connect 43 gigawatts of renewable power, mostly new wind farms, to the grid by 2020.

 

The cost of the land transmission infrastructure required for this will be at least £8.8 billion over the next eight years alone, the reports say, almost double previous estimates. The figure further undermines the economics of wind power, which needs more than £500 million a year in subsidies.

 

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Credit:     Victoria Allen,     The Scottish Daily Mail,     (18/06/12)

 

Scottish councils are being swamped with seven wind turbine planning applications a day by developers trying to cash in on millions of pounds of public subsidies.

Local authorities are being besieged by landowners hoping to secure some of the £400million paid out to green energy schemes in Britain every year.

 

Local authorities struggled with more than 1,800 made in the last year alone. The leader of Fife Council has written to the Scottish Government requesting a moratorium so officials can cope.

Meanwhile, a Scottish Daily Mail investigation has revealed there could be as many as 2,700 turbines in Scotland.

 

A Scottish Daily Mail investigation found some of the remotest areas face being covered in wind turbines. In Dumfries and Galloway last year there were 371 applications. Aberdeenshire, in 2011/12, received 492.

 

 

Credit:    Daniel Ionescu     The Lincolnite      (06/06/12)

 

Lincolnshire County Council have voted unanimously to halt the spread of turbines across their region and introduce tougher criteria which wind developers must consider including:-

 

Residential amenity: Amenity of existing residential occupants must be maintained at an acceptable level in particular, no wind turbine should be constructed within 2km of a single residential property, and no wind farms should be constructed with 10km of a village with more than 10 properties.

 

"Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of the County Council, said: “There’s been a proliferation of wind farms across Lincolnshire in recent years, and we feel that enough is enough.

 

“Although we understand the need for alternative energy and are not opposed to all wind farms, we remain unconvinced by the questionable science behind them.

 

“Not only are these things spoiling our beautiful countryside for future generations, they could also seriously damage our tourism industry – who wants to spend their holiday looking at a 400ft turbine?

 

“Similarly, who wants to live next door to one? People enjoy living in Lincolnshire because we have a great way of life, not because the landscape’s blighted by wind farms."

 

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With Dumfries and Galloway's Planning Application Committee meeting for the first time next week we will be watching to see which councillors stand up to protect our region

 

Another story in The Telegraph re wind farm subsidies being cut.

 

There is a poll listed giving you an opportunity to vote on the issue.

 

If any of you would like to write to George Osborne encouraging him to make these cuts (TW312 would prefer it to be 100% !)

 

please email him at

 
 

Credit:     Damian Carrington and Toby Helm     The Guardian     (02/06/12)

 

Plans for dramatic cuts in government subsidies for onshore windfarms are being drawn up by the Treasury in a move that seriously undermines David Cameron's claim to be running "the greenest government ever".

 

The Observer has learned that George Osborne is demanding cuts of 25% in subsidies, a reduction the industry says would "kill dead" the development of wind power sites. The Treasury's stance has put the chancellor at loggerheads with the Liberal Democrat energy secretary Ed Davey, whose party strongly supports more renewable energy.

 

 

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Credit:     George Wood     fifewindfarms.org.uk    

 

Some interesting opinions questioning whether wind turbines do reduce CO2 emissions by George Wood, a former National Grid Power Systems Operations Engineer at both Regional and National Control Centres.

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Credit:     Fiona Harvey,     The Guardian,     15/05/12

 

"Government plans to reform the electricity market to favour low-carbon power are "unworkable" and will lead to "a train wreck" in the sector, and higher and more volatile energy prices for consumers, according to a group of the UK's leading renewable energy companies."

 

It would appear that wind farm companies are unhappy with the intended reforms, which will make new developments 'far more risky and expensive'.   Developers would prefer to see Feed in Tariffs extended to wind farms to guarantee a price for the generated electricity.

 

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Last week I had a rant about Patrick Harvey's comments on Newsnight Scotland (scroll down to Edinburgh March).

 

It now appears that CATS (Communities Against Turbines Scotland) have complained to Alex Salmond and other ministers about Mr Harvey's loutish behaviour in relation to an incident which is alleged to have occurred as Donald Trump left the Energy, Economic and Tourism Committee after giving evidence last week.

 

Mr Harvey apparently, flashed a two finger sign towards Mr Trump as he left the room.  You may recall it was Mr Harvey who was reportedly showing an anti Donald Trump video in the Scottish Parliament the night before Mr Trump was due to give evidence.

A Green party spokesmans said of the two finger incident  ”I wasn’t in the room at the time. I do, however, understand Patrick asked Mr Trump about the famous V sign he makes wherever he goes.

”It’s possible while attempting to copy Mr Trump he got it the wrong way round.”

 

Mr Harvey has also posted religious imagery 'lampooning' Mr Trump on Twitter and Facebook.  Graham Lang from Fife on behalf of CATS said  "We find this gratuitous material deeply offensive. We do not believe it remotely acceptable that an MSP should post such an image or that MSP who sits on that committee to originate and circulate this kind of material targeted at a witness.”

 

Whether you love or loathe Mr Trump, you have to question the actions of Mr Harvey and his "appalling lack of decorum and respect for an invited guest.” 

 

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One has to question the purpose of this whole inquiry though, as it would appear to be biased in it's outcome before any evidence was even heard.  Isn't this just another waste of taxpayers money with yet another committee 'going through the motions' ? 

 

 

 

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says its groups feel "powerless in the face of speculative applications from big, well-funded developers".

Some 1,800 wind turbines more than 30 metres tall (100ft) are currently planned in England.

An industry spokesman said restrictions would put green energy targets at risk.

 

Clcik here to read the BBC report      or     here for a version from Yahoo

 

 

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